Brian Russ Law, Inc. is a California trademark law office centered on helping corporations build and protect their brands and their business. We understand the need to differentiate your brand from your competitors. A small business owner and serial entrepreneur, attorney Brian hears the worries of small business owners and how securing brand protection is critical when setting your business apart from the competition. Brian works with companies across the Golden State work through common brand issues like clearance searches, infringement assessment, trademark registration, USPTO office action responses, infringement litigation, use defense, and more. If you’re looking for top-notch trademark legal advice in San Rafael, then you’ve come to the right place. You can also learn more at our trademark-specific website at BrianTheTrademarkLawyer.com.
San Rafael’s Trademark Attorney
What Is A Trademark Attorney?
A trademark lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in practicing in the field of trademarks. Trademark lawyers can generally do most work on a flat-fee basis and operate independently of the larger firms that bill too much for too little. When choosing a lawyer to protect you’re the logo of your corporation, make sure to work with a lawyer who has no problem working in San Rafael, like Brian Russ Law, Inc.
How Can a Trademark Attorney Help Your Business?
A trademark lawyer's job is to help businesses protect their brands and make sure other people don't infringe on them. Companies are in the best position to protect their brand if they take a proactive strategy. Our firm's seen so many companies drop tens of thousands of dollars on merchandise and marketing only to learn that they can't use their preferred name. Intellectual property protection is important for startups, especially those that depend on their branding to engage users. You can save time and legal costs by calling us to conduct a clearance search prior to launching your brand.
What To Look For In a Trademark Law Fim
The best way a business owner can protect their name is to take action. Doing trademark work without an attorney's support is just as problematic as doing nothing. A good United States trademark attorney can help any size company in any industry across the world secure trademark protection in the United States. The things you should consider when securing legal support for your trademark is the experience of the counselor, their online reviews, and how personable they are. You should find an attorney that you are comfortable with discussing company strategy with because that will lead to the best synergy for your company.
The Top Three Areas Small Businesses Need Trademark Support
1. BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATION
We commonly see creatives think that setting up an LLC or filing a DBA/FBN statement means their brand name is trademarked and safe from litigation. This is not correct. Registering an LLC or a Doing Business As Statement does not equal trademark protection. The key problem is that the Secretary of State and your county recorder don’t cross-reference your business name with the trademark database. So you can get the Secretary of State and county approval to use your business name, but you’re still exposed to potential trademark infringement liability because your name might infringe on someone’s trademark. It's important for a business owner to retain legal counsel to help them assess the risks and benefits of their business name.
2. BRAND PROTECTION
Brand protection is needed for most small businesses. Imagine this – you start a burger shop on the main drag of San Rafael called “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats” and you spend years establishing your reputation. But you don’t take steps to federally register your trademark for “Tommy Tequila’s Good Eats”. You happen to go to Vegas for the weekend, and you find a new diner with the same exact name as your business. Without federal trademark protection, you are limited when it comes to enforcement and protection, meaning there’s little you could do to stop the Vegas diner from using your name. An even more common – and still hard – situation is what to do if your name brand logo was federally protected by a third party before you started using yours.
3. INFRINGEMENT STRATEGY.
Make sure you have a strategy in place to protect your name if someone infringes your brand. There are many cases where someone might accidentally infringe your brand. When an infringement occurs, sending a cease-and-desist notice to the offender can make them stop. If someone is purposefully You could need to file a lawsuit for a temporary injunction and/or permanent injunction to stop the infringer. You can try to recover lost profits as well.
Trademary Lawyer Brian Russ is Excited to Serve San Rafael Businesses
The answer is straightforward – contactconnect with} Brian Russ Law, Inc. today. We’re fielding calls from potential new clients every day. Having an lawyer on your team to protect your brand can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.